Amidu settles in UAE

HARARE - Zimbabwe international midfielder Abbas Amidu has found a new home after inking a two-year deal with United Arab Emirates Division One side Masafi Club.

The Aces Youth Soccer Academy product opted for the United Arab Emirates first division side after they offered him a lucrative deal, ahead of several teams in the Absa Premiership in South Africa.

Amidu, who is a brother to Dy- namos winger Brett, completed his move to Masafi during the January transfer window after his three-year stay with South African National First Division One side Black Leopards expired. George Zindi, who manages Amidu confirmed the developments to the Daily News.

“I signed a mandate with him in

December 2014 and we signed the deal at his current club on 28 January,” Zindi said.

“Abbas is the first Zimbabwean player that I have brought to UAE and I am actually looking forward to bring more local players to the Middle East.

“The football league here, has a great potential of doing better and the influx of foreign players recently has been instrumental.

“It is well organised and obvi- ously the packages are really good.” Amidu said he has already settled and is looking forward to do well for his new club.

“After my contract with Leopards expired in December, I had a number of offers to stay in South Africa but turned them down in favour of the UAE first division league, which by far is more rewarding and professional than the Absa Premiership,” Amidu told the Daily News from his new base in UAE.

A regular member for the national

team under German coach Klaus- Diter Pagels, Amidu is hoping his move to Masafi will help him get a quick move to the highly lucrative UAE Pro-League, where Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is playing for Al Ain.

“I am hoping that if I impress for Masafi, I might get the attention of clubs in the Pro-League and score myself a more lucrative contract,” added Amidu.

UAE have attracted some big names in recent years. Former Para- guay international Roberto Acuña, former Intern Millan and Sierra Leone forward Mohamed Kallon as well as Italy’s 2006 Fifa World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro are some of the names who went to play in the Pro-League.

Masafi is based in Fujairah, which is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and the only one of the seven that has a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman and none on the Persian Gulf.

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